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Volunteers can have a tremendous impact on your organization, from strengthening capacity to helping scale solutions that have the greatest impact for children and families struggling with hunger. Leveraging the power of strategic volunteerism can ensure you recruit, engage and connect volunteers to the most effective opportunities.


Volunteers: An Untapped Resource

Hunger exists in every community in the U.S. When a person learns about hunger and its effects, they want to get involved, but often don't know where to go for information—besides family or places of worship—to find out what type of volunteer activity will have the best results. Hunger Volunteer Connection is designed to make it easier for organizations to understand how to leverage and connect with volunteers, and to celebrate our collective success.

Strategic Volunteerism: Discover More Ways to Engage Volunteers 

Volunteer Engagement: Your Building Blocks for Results

A volunteer can provide a hot meal to a homebound senior or advocate to influence legislation that affects thousands. Every volunteer—in every role—is important. But strategically engaging a wide range of volunteers increases the reach and sustainability of your organization's impact. Equally important is the increase in effectiveness your organization can realize by tapping into the wealth of time, talent and skills that millions of volunteers across the country can bring to the fight against hunger.

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Match the Right Volunteer to Service Opportunities

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, from young adults and seniors to veterans and families. When you strategically engage the right volunteers with the right opportunities, you give your organization a key to success. Something great can happen when an opportunity fulfills a strategic need for your organization and fits with volunteers' interests, skills and availability.

Volunteer Recruitment: Learn the Secrets of Success 

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Volunteer Program Improvement Tool Do

Do you know how your volunteer program compares to best practices? Use this tool, specifically designed for hunger-fighting organizations, to evaluate your program, and receive a customized report with action steps and recommended resources to improve your organization's volunteer engagement program. By VolunteerMatch

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Skills-Based Service Engagement Tool

Before getting started on a skills-based volunteer project, there are things you can do to ensure that your organization is ready and that skills-based volunteers are the right solution to meet your needs. Use this tool to assess your organization's readiness to take on this important work. By Taproot Foundation and Points of Light

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Advocacy Playbook

Are you an individual volunteer, civic group or hunger-fighting organization looking to make a lasting change on hunger, locally or nationally? Learn how you can make a difference in your community by participating in advocacy actions that will inform and engage elected officials in championing solutions to end hunger! By Alliance to End Hunger

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Cities of Service Summer Meals Blueprint

The Community Tables blueprint provides mayors and city executives with specific steps and tools with which to better engage citizen volunteers on the critical issue of food insecurity, and specifically to help ensure that all children from low-income communities participate in and receive adequate nutrition through summer food service programs. By Cities of Service

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From Hunger to Hope: Success Stories

Across the country, millions have made a difference in the fight against hunger. Get inspired by stories from volunteers and organizations fighting hunger.

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